Airtel Digital TV
Airtel digital TV
FormerlyAirtel Digital (2006–2010)
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustrySatellite television
Founded30 November 2006; 17 years ago (2006-11-30)
FounderSunil Mittal
HeadquartersBharti Crescent, 1 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj, ,
Area served
Key people
RevenueIncrease 3,100 crore (US$370 million)[3] (FY22)
Decrease 2,100.6 crore (US$250 million)[3] (FY22)
ParentBharti Airtel

Airtel Digital TV is an Indian subscription based satellite television provider owned by Bharti Telemedia Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bharti Airtel.[1] It launched DTH satellite television service in India on 9 October 2008.

Airtel Digital (2006–2010)
Also known as Airtel Digital

Airtel Digital TV is India's second largest DTH operator second largest DTH operator in India by number of subscribers. As of 31 December 2022, it had a market share of 26.35%.[4]


Bharti Telemedia Limited was incorporated on 30 November 2006 as a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel.[5] The company announced plans to launch direct-to-home satellite television services across India on 7 August 2007.[6] The service was launched on 9 October 2008 under the brand name Airtel Digital TV.[7]

On 18 November 2010, Airtel Digital is rebranded in to Airtel Digital TV

On 4 May 2011, Airtel digital TV announced the launch of its first high-definition digital video recorder (HD-DVR) priced at 3,990 (equivalent to 8,200 or US$99 in 2023) and 4,490 (equivalent to 9,300 or US$110 in 2023) for existing and new customers respectively.[8] On 24 May 2011, Airtel announced that its HD and HD-DVR boxes were software-enabled to view standard-definition content up-scaled to 1080i HD.[9] Airtel digital TV had a total subscriber base of 10.07 million as on 30 March 2015.[10][11]

On 12 December 2017, Bharti Airtel announced that it would sell a 20% stake in Bharti Telemedia to American private equity firm Warburg Pincus for US$350 million.[12][13] The sale received approval from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on 28 August 2018.[14]

On 17 February 2021, Bharti Airtel announced that it would buy back the 20% stake in Bharti Telemedia that it had sold to Warburg Pincus at a cost of 3,126 crore (US$370 million).[15] The transaction was completed on 22 March 2021.[16]

Technical information

Airtel Digital TV's standard-definition broadcasts are in MPEG-4 with Interactive Service and 7-day Electronic Programmed Guide.[17] A universal remote is included in the package that can, over IR frequencies, control both the TV and the DTH box.[18][19] Airtel Digital TV HD provides channels of resolution 1080p pixel with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The set-top box is compatible with 7.1 Channel Dolby digital Plus surround sound and is the first HD set-top box in India to be compliant with the standard.[20]


Airtel Digital TV provides Pay-per-view on connected boxes that includes a catalog of movies, TV series and other programmed across English and various Indian languages.[21] It also offers interactive services such as iDarshan, iKidsworld, iMusicspace and games.[22][23]


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  11. ^ "Airtel Digital TV adds 1.06 mn subs in FY15, EBITDA sees strong growth". 29 April 2015. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Warburg Pincus To Buy 20% Stake In Airtel DTH For Rs 2,310 Crore". Retrieved 22 May 2023.
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  19. ^ "How to Program and Use Airtel Digital TV (ADTV), Tata Sky DTH and Videocon D2H Universal Remotes with your TV Set?". 10 November 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Airtel Digital TV to Bring Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound to Indian Broadcast Television".
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